Ford named All-State; Girls Place 9th as Team Ties for Best Girl’s Finish in History
by Madelyn Scopp, John Matteucci, & William Pechous
Steam rises from the competitors’ spikes on a chilly November morning as 150 athletes prepare to run through the Wisconsin Rapids Golf Course. A rising crescendo of cheers helps to heighten the moment, support that the runners will need as they chase their personal bests in the biggest race of their lives. It is perhaps a bittersweet feeling that comes over the runners as they stand at the start line, knowing all too well that this is in fact the last race of their season.
“I was very proud of the boys and girls teams for their sportsmanship, work ethic and selfless attitudes which allowed both teams to have a successful year.” - Coach Furreness
Qualifying for his third state meet, senior captain John David Ford placed fifth, earning a berth on the the All-State Team. “J.D. Ford ran the race of his life,” said Coach Furreness. He ran the 5K course in 16:44 and was the seventh Lancer boy to be named to the WIAA All-State Team.
The Lady Lancers, meanwhile, tied their best State finish in school history, finishing in 9th place. Junior Mady Scopp set a personal record in 20:01 as she crossed the finish line in 12th place. Sophomore Ariana Hernandez and Freshman Nathalie Cairo set personal records as well and placed in the top 50. Malynn Tarczewski, senior captain Kara Hettinger, Alex Haag, and Megan Marciniak also competed in the meet for St. Joe’s.
Although they faced a score of injuries and encountered great adversity throughout the season, the boys and girls teams ran hard and came out with many wins this season. There were many triumphs as both teams won conference crowns. And although the Lancers will be losing some key seniors and captains, they are hopeful of the young talent stepping up next year to continue in the team’s success.
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